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Youth Services offeres free and low cost workshops for professionals and interested community members.
Most Workshops are Fee: Free presentation— CE clock hours available for social work/counselors (we no longer do CPDU's). $5.00 charge for CE hours or certificate of completion. This may be paid at the workshop.
Location: Warren Township Youth and Family Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL 60031
Time: Standard time is 10 am - noon, but there are exceptions.
You are also welcome to print out a registration form if you wish to pay with cash or check. To print the form, go to Registration Forms.
Incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into your treatment approach will have a significant impact on your clinical effectiveness and the well-being of your clients.  ACT is a rich, integrative approach, and has been shown to be effective for many clinically-relevant concerns.  Because ACT takes a different perspective on psychotherapy, some clinicians wonder how to blend the applications into their own therapy approach. Other clinicians who have embraced the ACT concepts still have questions about certain aspects of the therapy. 

This workshop will explain ACT in a very clear, concise, user-friendly manner. Dr. Moran will use the last third of the workshop to focus on the specific application to adolescent and young adult clients (12-21).

Throughout the day, D.J. will help you gain conceptual and applied understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  This workshop will have experiential components, as well as group work and lecture material to assist you in learning:

  • The six domains of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Why acceptance is difficult for people, and what to do about it
  • How to make mindfulness specifically practical for clients
  • What to do when people are resistant to mindfulness exercises
  • How ACT relates to other empirically-supported therapies
  • Application with adolescent and young adult clients

Because ACT is helpful for many clinically-relevant concerns, case examples used throughout the day will include substance abuse, social phobia, OCD, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, anger management in executive coaching, and using a mindfulness-based approach to parenting children with childhood behavior disorders.

 Learning Objectives -

1.       Discuss the six basic tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
2.       Recognize the problem of experiential avoidance in clinical work
3.       Utilize acceptance approaches with each client’s avoidance problems
4.       Discuss how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language functions
5.       Utilize defusion exercises to deal with verbal entanglement
6.       Discuss values authorship to increase motivation for committed action
7.       Utilize contacting the present moment exercises and mindfulness practice in  therapy
8.       Relevent application with identified population

Daniel J. Moran--Biography

Dr. Daniel J. Moran is the founder of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, and founder of Pickslyde Consulting. He co-authored ACT in Practice, the canonical case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. D.J. has appeared on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and FOX News discussing anxiety disorders and hoarding. Dr. D.J. is also a Recognized ACTrainer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the current president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the worldwide Acceptance and Commitment Therapy organization.

To learn more about Dr. Moran, you can also visit

Day: Friday Date: Jan 27  Check in: 8--8:30 am Start: 8:30 am End: 4 pm                     
CE Hours for social work/counselors: Fee: $50.00 (includes certificate and lunch)
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL

Lunch and refreshments included

The objective is to help social workers, therapists and school administrators better understand:
  •          Key medication used with children and why
  •          When to refer a child for an evaluation for mediation
  •          Trends in treating children with psychopharm
  •          Risk of abuse and misuse and how to mitigate
  •        Specific attention paid to the most common diagnosis, anxiety, depression and  ADHD.
Dr. Lin Lu is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with Rosiland Franklin University Health Clinics. Dr. Lu brings her unique understanding of the mind/body relationship to her treatment of children, adolescents and adults. She develops a personal connection with each patient and family, which contribute to her success in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

Day: Friday Date: March 10  Time: 9 am - noon  Fee: None  CE Hours:
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL
Our brain is a complex and amazing creation. It has many different parts with overlapping and redundant functions. All these parts have one primary function, to keep us alive. They all work together for the sole purpose of our survival. As sophisticated as our brains are, it can also start working against us when substances (drugs, alcohol) are introduced. The human brain is particularly vulnerable during the adolescent years. It is more susceptible to damage caused by drug use/abuse. The influence of substances at this age can have long-lasting, even permanent effects. As substance use continues, it hijacks our brains. This workshop will discuss the workings of our brain, from teen years to adulthood, and how addiction turns our brain against us. We will also cover common mental health issues that complicate, cause, or are created by substance abuse. Recovery tools and ideas will be presented to reconnect our brain and point it in a more productive and wealthy direction.
1. Gain an understanding of how the human brain works
2. Create awareness of the adolescent brain and differences between adolescent and adult brains
3.  Better insight into how our brains respond to substance abuse
4. Increased knowledge of the addicted brain and behaviors that reinforce addiction
5. Additional challenges that complicate recovery
6. Mental health issues that impede and are caused by substance abuse
7. Particular challenges in working with the adolescent substance abuser
8. Develop new tools and strategies with substance abusing clients
Presenter: Mark Myers, LCSW, CADC, of Myers Counseling Group.  Mark Myers received his master of Social Work Degree from Loyola University. He has been practicing mental health and substance abuse counseling for over 20 years. He is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mark provides counseling to individuals, couples, children and adolescents for a variety of areas including: drug and alcohol abuse, parenting issues, marital concerns, depression, anxiety, and anger  management. He presents workshops and consultations to mental health professionals and the community. He has offered lectures in the following areas: substance abuse, anger management, communication skills, stress management, general wellness, and steroid abuse. Mark works with clients in the Crystal Lake, IL and surrounding areas.

Day: Friday Date: Arpil 28  Time: 9 am - noon  Fee: None  CE Hours: 3 (includes IAODAPCA)
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL


Dr. Daneil Moran

Dr. Lin Lu will present on Child Psychopharmacology.

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